I never thought about it until I started working on it with Owen. He had so many problems with it--taking in too much liquid, not understanding when to stop and put the cup down, dumping it all over the place when his frustration kicked in, chewing on the cup, sticking his tongue into the cup to try to get liquid.
We've been working on this skill for nearly 3 years, having started it right after he moved away from a bottle after his first birthday. We used every kind of open cup you can imagine--plastic Dixie cups, cut out cups from Talk Tools, some tiny 2 oz. hard plastic cups from Rubbermaid--the list is probably as long as my arm. At preschool they offered to help with an open cup, but he ended up wearing a bib at snack time because he dumped the water everywhere. I didn't like the bib idea, so that stopped. Nothing seemed to work, until we simply backed off. Then we started working with a new speech therapist in January of this year and she devised a plan for how to introduce a controlled cup and then go from there. It became apparent that much of his inability to control an open cup stemmed from his mouth/tongue and sensory issues. It isn't that he can't drink from an open cup (or a sippy type cup); it just that he needed to be trained in how to control the flow of liquid, swallow it, and then take another sip--things I just automatically know to do, but not necessarily know how to teach.
About a month ago, after hearing from his teacher that he was doing a small open cup during snack time at school and it was going really well, I decided to just give it a shot. One day at lunchtime I gave him a small plastic cup we had from IKEA with about 2 oz. of water in it. He looked at me like, really? I've got to do this at home too? I just told him to have a drink of water. He picked it up, carefully brought it to his mouth, took a sip, and put it back on the table. I just about danced around the kitchen and I swear I heard rockets go off somewhere! He, of course being the cool little dude that he is, acted like it was no big deal and just kept drinking from the cup.
So I officially have a boy that can drink from an open cup--no spilling, no tongue thrust, no gagging/taking too much in, no frustration! And the funny part is that he makes it look so easy now, it seems like he's been doing it forever. Maybe in Owen years, it doesn't seem long but in Mom time, it's been a long time coming.
And now when his favorite singer, P!nk, says to "raise your glass"......Owen's doing it with his open cup. Cheers, peeps, cheers!
|Hooray for me!|